By Nick | March 17, 2011
The U.S. Travel Association has recently unveiled a plan that would improve the security process at airports and reduce the burden on travelers. According to the U.S. Travel Association, travelers are avoiding anywhere from 2 to 3 trips a year because of the hassles associated with the screening process. These avoided trips cost the U.S. economy $85 billion and 900,000 lost jobs. Based on these numbers alone, it’s hard not to agree that something needs changing.
A few highlights from the plan include:
- Implement a risk-based trusted traveler program. Congress should authorize TSA to implement a new, voluntary, government-run trusted traveler program that utilizes a risk-based approach to checkpoint screening, with the goal of refocusing resources on the highest risk passengers.
- Encourage fewer carry-on bags. The Department of Transportation (DOT) should issue regulations requiring airlines to allow passengers one checked bag as part of their base airfare and standardize existing rules covering the quantity and size of items that can be carried onto an airplane.
It’s hard to imagine airlines agreeing to a free checked luggage policy without the fees being added to the base airfare, but who knows. Maybe this is the start of faster, easier, and cheaper travel.
View the full U.S. Travel Association press release here.